John Francis Danehey, age 87, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022 at Linda Manor in Leeds with his family by his side. John was born in Holyoke, son of the late James and Breda (Scanlon) Danehey and attended Holyoke schools. He received an Associates Degree from Holyoke Community College. John served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1959. He was a proud 20 year member of the Massachusetts State Police, retiring in 1979 as a Sergeant. After retirement he worked various security positions and was a member of the Holyoke Revolver Club. John was predeceased by his wife, Velma (Peters) Danehey in April 2019. He is survived by his son James and his wife Melissa of Springfield; and several grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, John was predeceased by his son Vincent Danehey in 2021 and daughter Mary Danehey in 2017, as well as his brother Paul Danehey and sister Mary Paton. The funeral will be held Friday May 6 at 9:00am from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, followed by a service in the funeral home at 9:45am. Committal with military honors will be held Friday at 11:00am in the Chapel of the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam. Calling hours are Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the MA Veterans Cemetery Wreath Fund, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001.